Discrimination in public education
In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general legal information and resources about discrimination in public education.
The equity education program is designed to ensure all students have equal opportunities in education regardless of their race, national origin, gender or special needs. Equity education staff provide technical assistance to district officials to help them better understand and implement state and federal equity laws, and monitor their activities for compliance with those laws. Read More
Anyone can file a complaint that alleges discrimination in a Washington public school based on a protected class. This includes parents, students, teachers, administrators, and advocates. Follow the complaint procedure closely. If you have questions, go directly to your district and ask for the information you need to move forward. Read More
Anyone who believes that an educational institution that receives Federal financial assistance has discriminated against someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age, or who believes that a public elementary or secondary school, or State or local education agency has violated the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, may file a complaint. The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination, but may complain on behalf of another person or group. Read More
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. All public and private schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds (“schools”) must comply with Title IX.* This publication will explain things you should know about your rights. Read More